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A message worth hearing once again

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:39PM

We suppose it’s natural that politicians, once they’re in office, have a certain aversion to identifying problems in their own back yard. Bring something up and the citizens might think it’s your fault, or expect you to do something about it. Far easier to hand out rose-colored glasses and smile.

Decisions, decisions

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:39PM

“A peacefulness,” a writer once observed, “follows any decision, even the wrong one.” The author presumably never lived on Bainbridge Island, where a decision tends to be made only after anguished and protracted public process, from there to be subjected to endless appeals and second-guessing, and sometimes even reconsideration by the same group that made it in the first place. No matter the outcome, somebody usually goes away aggrieved, feeling that they have been betrayed by the system.

Ten years later, the stars still shine

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:39PM

Anybody remember the Big Bang? No, not that one – that’s probably a little too far back for most of us. We’re thinking of a more recent cosmic detonation, lesser in magnitude perhaps, but one that opened up the wonders of the night sky to Bainbridge astronomers nonetheless.

School finance for the layman/Island 2 Island

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:39PM

If you were making a list of things Bainbridge Island really needs, “another committee” probably would not rank high on the chart. So trying to find an exciting angle for “Schools to create Financial Advisory Committee” is something of a chore. We would much rather be announcing the arrival of a brew pub (oops – tried that,

Yard effort seems wasted

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:39PM

Into the Review’s mailbag this week came these words of encouragement and support: “Here is a copy of the letter we recently sent to the governor’s office [regarding the Washington State Ferries maintenance yard in Eagle Harbor]. I hope to see you at the Harbor Commission meeting tomorrow. I’m still astonished the Review has chosen to completely ignore this community-wide land use decision that will affect our island for the next 50 years.

Save yourself the trouble of voting ‘No’

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:39PM

Coming soon to a downtown street corner, stadium concourse or ferry seating area near you: Clipboard-toting activists – or just as likely, paid signature gatherers wholly indifferent to the cause they’re representing, but talking a good line nonetheless – asking for your support as they work to right some alleged wrong for the good citizens of Washington.

Pause to enjoy what’s close to home

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:39PM

When Joel Sackett approached the Review about contributing a weekly photo feature to these pages, we had to give it some serious thought – about a New York minute’s worth.

2005 ‘Person’ of the Year

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:38PM

If, like Time Magazine, the Review named a Person of the Year with the turn of each annum, the 2005 winner would certainly be...

On the eve of the new year

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:38PM

Herewith, thoughts occasioned on this page in an earlier year, as the turn of the calendar found the nation wearied by a conflict in a distant land. Any similarity to current events, issues or debates is entirely coincidental – or maybe not.

Christmas sermons past

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:38PM

With the editor taking a few issues off from sermonizing, who better to turn this space over to than legendary island clergyman the Rev. Vincent Gowen, who in days past sometimes filled in as the voice of the newspaper and provided this Christmas commentary to the Review back in December 1958:

Let it snow (if only for a little while)

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:38PM

Those dreaming of a white Christmas tend to fall into two distinct camps: children, who look forward to snow with great anticipation, and adults, who face the prospect with a certain pragmatic dread.

Boilerplate, schmoilerplate

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:38PM

Iconoclast to the last, the late Frank Zappa is said to have once admonished his children, “whenever you read something, ask who paid for it.” Frank’s sage words echoed around the recesses of the editorial noggin this week, as the public relations effort to promote a NASCAR track in South Kitsap revved up and charged out of the pit.

Happy holidays, culture warriors

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:38PM

Years ago, when the editor was just a young scamp, the advent of the Christmas season always brought an elaborate holiday display to the household fireplace mantle, assembled with great care by the resident mom. Central to the display (amongst the angels and the nativity scene and the obligatory tiny, snow-covered village) were four painted ceramic figures that together spelled “NOEL.”

Everyone has a favorite teacher

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:38PM

We were going to pen something supportive of this week’s BEST Night Out to support Bainbridge public schools (see story, page A2) – until a quicker (and probably better) writer came along and stole our ink. So we’ll gladly hand over our space for this issue to Tom Tyner, for some wisdom and wit in the inimitable Latte Guy style.

Racetrack plan finds some odd bedfellows

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:38PM

Politics, it is said, makes strange bedfellows. But imagine yourself, a card-carrying, knee-jerk somewhat-left-of-center newspaper, waking up one morning snug and warm to find your arm draped over the raspily snoring figure of the Evergreen Freedom Foundation. GAAAAAHHHH! What did we drink last night? How did we get here?

A journey most heroic begins here

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:38PM

“Progress,” Thor Heyerdahl once observed, “is man’s ability to complicate simplicity.” The Norwegian explorer certainly understood the spartan sensibility, achieving international fame in 1947 by sailing a fragile balsa raft some 4,300 miles from South America to Polynesia.

Stormwater management benefits us all

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:38PM

Some folks spend their lives on the sunny side of the street. And meteorologically speaking, with 30 inches of annual rainfall at the island’s north end and 40 at the south, Bainbridge Island is not that side; Arizona, we ain’t. Ergo the need for the city’s Storm and Surface Water Management utility -- SSWM in acronymic form, or “swim” in conversation -- to channel runoff from upland properties to the welcoming waters of Puget Sound.

Not a bad return on investment

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:38PM

“What,” a potential land donor once asked open space commissioner Dwight Sutton, “do we get for giving away our property to the public?” Sutton was candid as to the many rewards: “Great publicity,” he said, “and our eternal thanks.” And that, evidently, was more than enough for those islanders who helped the city’s land preservation program by making their holdings available at bargain-basement prices – sometimes free.

Old friends and old times

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:38PM

Back in the Review’s old building on Winslow Way, when the newsroom still had the luxury of a back door for discreet work-hour escapes, nobody availed themselves of the portal quite like Jerry Elfendahl. Not going, but coming. The sudden squawk of tires in the parking lot invariably heralded our favorite historian’s approach, followed moments later by his wild-eyed appearance in the newsroom and an excited, “Grab the camera and get in the car! You won’t believe it!”

Downtown: It's all about investment

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:38PM

Told this week that Wal-Mart will be opening its new Poulsbo store in early 2006, one of our local correspondents mused, “Wonder if they’re opening a welfare office next door?” Much maligned for its labor practices – “Always Low Wages” and “Always Poor Benefits” come with those “Always Low Prices,” its myriad critics say – the world’s largest retailer has taken plenty of lumps of late. Probably a few more still, with the timely appearance of a film and lecture (as reported on today’s front page) examining the potential impacts on our local business community of the corporate behemoth settling in just up the highway.

Islanders still 'welcomes' you

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:38PM

If you’ve driven onto the island from points north anytime over the past year, you’ve no doubt followed the evolution of the new “Gateway Park” near the bridge. The service project of Bainbridge Rotary transformed a cheerless triangle of field grass into a minor landmark, offering a pleasant visual greeting for visitors and a nice wayside for motorists and others seeking respite from highway travel.

A good first step toward our arts future

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:37PM

It has been said that when meeting an artist for the first time, you will almost certainly annoy them by asking, “But what do you do for a living?” Likewise, contemplation of a new performing arts center in downtown Winslow is sure to be nagged from the get-go, for better or worse, by considerations of money. A new community hall? Sounds neat, but how are you going to pay for it? Absent the sudden appearance of some deep-pocketed patrons, new and improved cultural buildings would seem destined to languish at the wrong end of the island’s litany of pressing public needs – schools, for instance.

Bygone days of 'Suicide Lane'

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:37PM

We’re not sure “Suicide Lane” ever appeared on an actual road sign. But the phrase was once part of the local atlas nonetheless, and referred to a demonstrably dangerous stretch of Eagle Harbor Drive. Straightening and better maintenance eventually curbed traffic mishaps there, and the name fell out of common use; most of today’s islanders have probably never heard it. But over on page A5, John McKillop digs into the archives to offers a droll take on the island’s last Great Raccoon Threat, and in passing, the phrase “Suicide Lane” returns to light.

Expand the fire board/Parks: Robinson

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:37PM

There’s a quip in here somewhere about “the fire department that runs itself.” But general disinterest by the lay public in vacant fire board positions in recent years nags a bit at this newspaper’s “good government” reflex, as candidates within close proximity of the Bainbridge Island Fire Department’s ranks step forward to lead it almost by default.

An evening of faith, trust and...hope

  • Jun 9, 2008 at 9:37PM

That clatter you may have heard coming from the direction of the high school campus Thursday evening was not the crash of pads out on the football field. More likely, it was the sound of several score jaws in simultaneous plummet to the high school library floor, as Tom Hemphill urged school officials to put a $100 million construction bond before voters next year.

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